Founded by two bike shop owners, Cima Cycles out of Aspen builds high-end carbon fiber road and mountain bikes. You can find the bikes at Ute City Cycles in Aspen, but the sales model for the company is direct-to-consumer, and soon riders will be able to walk into a store, demo a bike, then sit down and custom design their own build. That shop isn’t coming until 2018 (look for it in Fruita, Colorado), but you can still get one of these awesome carbon fiber rides.
Cima Cycles currently have four main bikes — the FBG is an incredibly light fat bike; the FB27 is a hardtail mountain bike ready to climb up and then crush descents (learn more below); the Growler a cross bike and the Viola, also described below, is named for the Italian city that inspired its design. The FB27 (Fat-Bottom 27), pictured, is Cima’s introduction of their hardtail 27.5+ mountain bike model. “We took similar geometry on the front end that you would find in a dirt jumper, or even a downhill bike,” says Will Golde with Cima. “So it’s got a pretty raked out front end, which makes for clean and smooth descending, but we wanted it to pedal very efficiently and be a good climber, so we modeled it after a hardtail 29-er race bike.” Golde says that in terms of an all-around, all-mountain hardtail, it’s certainly one of the best he’s ever ridden. “People find themselves descending and climbing faster than on their full suspension of hard tail race bikes,” he shares. The Cima Viola 10K, also pictured, is built with Shimano Di2 electric shifting, Mercury M5 Carbon Wheels, and FSA SL-K Carbon Cockpit. It is designed as a climber, the Viola was built with a stiff front end and bottom bracket interface, as well as a pencil thin chain to add comfort during a long ascent.
If there is one thing that this bike is meant to do, it’s going fast. Every pedal stroke gets easier than the last with this attention to detail and uncompromising choice in components. If you are looking to spare no expense in your pursuit of the best bike you’ve ever owned, look no further. Whatever lightweight carbon fiber bike you choose, you know it will be true to the tagline for Cima Cycles: “Built for the ride.”
by Kim Fuller
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